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Development of guidelines for the collection of data on trafficking in human beings, including comparable indicators

A team of experts, including individuals from EU countries, institutions and international organisations, worked together to establish a set of guidelines to facilitate the collection of data on human trafficking.

Project dates 01/11/2007 - 30/04/2009
Total budget€153 230
EU contribution70%
Project CoordinatorAustrian Federal Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration in Vienna (Austria)
Project partners
  • Belgian Federal Police (Belgium)
  • Hungarian Ministry for Justice and Law Enforcement (Hungary)
  • Italian Ministry of the Interior (Italy)
  • Police of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • Slovak Ministry of the Interior (Slovakia)
  • Swedish Ministry of Justice (Sweden)
  • Europol
  • Frontex
  • ICMPD (International Centre for Migration Policy Development)

Project Description

One of the greatest challenges in combating trafficking in human beings is the lack of reliable and comparable data in all countries affected by this crime. The reasons for this are varied. The main obstacle is the difficulty posed by the illicit nature of human trafficking, which thus far has only allowed for ‘best estimates’ and statistical extrapolations. Other reasons include incomplete official statistics, confusion regarding inherent limitations, methodology and analytical tools, and lack of comparative indicators.

For this reason, the project aimed to: create the necessary basis for an improved collection and comparison (as well as sharing) of data in the field of human trafficking; enhance the capacity of the relevant national authorities to collect and share data as well as to contribute to EU-wide efforts to enhance data collection in this field; and foster cooperation in the field of human trafficking data collection among EU countries.

Benefits and results

The project organised two main events – the Expert Conference and the Vienna Conference on Trafficking in Human Beings Data Collection. In addition to the events, a team of police experts, researchers and representatives from selected EU institutions, international organisations and NGOs met on a regular basis to work on the guidelines for the collection of data on human trafficking.

Input from experts, EU and EFTA countries, EU institutions, international organisations, NGOs, social service providers, unions and other relevant stakeholders ensured a participatory approach, collectively building on existing experiences and initiatives.

The results of the project, including a final set of guidelines, were published in the form of a report and presented at the Vienna Conference on Trafficking in Human Beings Data Collection.

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